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Green Party members and supporters from Enfield and Epping Forest have teamed up to collect urgent supplies for
refugees in Calais.
Blankets, sleeping bags, gloves, scarves and warm hats are among the items which are desperately needed.
Dave Plummer, from Epping Forest Green Party, said, "We've helped with collections for the Calais Jungle Camp in the
past but things have got even harder for refugees since the Jungle Camp was demolished. Watching Jonathan Bartley,
Green Party co-leader, reporting from the distribution points last week really brought home the urgency to do more
Bill Linton from Enfield Green Party said "These refugees are in a desperate situation, partly because of our
government's lack of humanity. It's good to find something practical we can do to help."
Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party said: "The refugee crisis in Calais hasn't been solved - it's been
displaced. A year since the jungle camp was torn down and the UK's shameful wall put, up refugees are living in
increasingly desperate circumstances and squalid conditions. 800 refugees in Calais, including 100 lone children,
are now sleeping rough in the woods. Every night police raid their makeshift shelters confiscating tents and sleeping
bags. Donations of essential items like warm coats and blankets are quite literally a life line for refugees who have
nothing to protect them from the French winter."
You can drop off supplies until Saturday 16th December in Buckhurst Hill, Waltham Abbey, Palmers Green and Forty Hall.
Visit http://ergp.org.uk/calais2017 for more details.
Photo attached: Anna Widdup and Dave Plummer from Epping Forest Green Party helping Epping Supporters of the Women
and Children of Calais in 2015
Epping Forest Green Party
Dave Plummer- coordinator